Democracy on the march! (I know you keep seeing that in print and hearing that from Buttie and the Boys - amongst whom I include Miss Thang - but they're talking about it in the Middle East, where they take credit for imposing it, in a typically Bush-ironic interpretation of the idea of democracy.)
That's absurd, say Beavis and Buttie. Just is.
Uh. Well, it's still absurd.
"Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed." --Mark Twain
And can't you just imagine the U.S. response to a proposal that an organization of other countries be empowered to intervene when they thought the U.S. government wasn't functioning exactly democratically?
"I learned how to earn political capital and how to spend it. A president must be willing to tell both Republicans and Democrats, 'I'm going to spend capital myself.'" -- George W. Bush
The administration has been quick to enforce its code of silence, regularly retaliating against those within its ranks who try to offer an independent perspective on its policies. While the most infamous examples of this involve international affairs, the purest episode may be the case of chief Medicare actuary Richard Foster, who apparently was threatened with dismissal if he told Congress the real projected cost of Bush's Medicare bill. Reason.com article
4/7/03 - Oakland, CA police open fire
on war protestors
Injured activist attorney
prepares case against City
blurring terrorism &
|Underreported photos of Miami police action at FTAA peaceful protest November 2003|